The Cathedral Center is more than just a place to sleep – it is an entry point to the social services system for many women and families. We combine emergency shelter with case management services, assistance with employment and education, housing placement and flexible housing options, access to benefits and other social services to help women and families transform their lives and achieve their goals…fulfilling our mission to end homelessness, one life at a time.

Today, the Cathedral Center is serving women and families who are more vulnerable than ever. Rates of reported mental health diagnoses, chronic substance abuse, and domestic violence have increased by a factor of 100% over the past several years. We provide a critical safety net and a plan of action uniquely suited to women and families who have been failed by numerous systems and have nowhere else to turn.

We not only meet our clients’ most basic needs but our comprehensive approach serves to empower women and families by helping them identify their own needs, recognize the choices they have, create options for themselves and be a powerful proponent of permanent change in their own lives—and that of their families. Despite significant challenges in serving a population with higher needs than ever before, and shrinking public funding revenue streams, we continue to satisfy the need by keeping our clients at the core of our mission, and continually enhancing our programs to achieve notable service outcomes.

Safe housing is secured through our Emergency Shelter, Friendship House program and Case Management programs, in addition to activities within our Women’s Independence Program.
The Cathedral Center’s Emergency Shelter provides shelter to unaccompanied women and families of all sizes, including single fathers/mothers with their children, keeping families intact during their housing crisis. Homelessness prevention support services are also available to women and families in the community.
The  Cathedral Center’s mission has been extended through the development and management of programming through a collaborative partnership for flexible housing at The Friendship House. This partnership enables the Cathedral Center to serve and additional eight families and four women.


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The Cathedral Center

845 N. Van Buren Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202

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